Interpersonal Communication Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SPCH-1318-035 Interpersonal Communication


Course Description

Application of communication theory to interpersonal relationship development, maintenance and termination in relationship contexts including friendships, romantic partners, families and relationships with co-workers and supervisors.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Tech Supported

Syllabus Information


Interpersonal Messages, 4th edition by Joseph Devito. You need the bundle package that includes Revel (this is the online book access code you will need to complete online activities. The online bookwork will count as 10% of your grade, so yes….you do need to purchase the book for the class.


Student Performance

Through reading the current literature, researching recent communication findings, and participating in group and individual oral assignments, the student will:

  1. Exhibit understanding of interpersonal theories and principles.
  2. Demonstrate ability to analyze and critique verbal and nonverbal interactions in mediated and face-to-face contexts.
  3. Identify perceptual processes as they relate to self and others.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking ability by effectively researching, evaluating, and applying communication theories in oral and/or written assignments.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of cross-cultural, co-cultural, gender and age influences on human communication.
  6. Demonstrate ability to identify, evaluate, and apply conflict styles and conflict management techniques in dyads and/or groups.
  7. Identify types of and barriers to effective listening.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Many communication courses ask students to engage in a level of self-disclosure not usually characteristic of other courses. Different people will feel comfortable with varying levels of self-disclosure. While I would like you to draw from your personal experience, you may choose to talk about yourself or someone you know. If it is the latter, in the interest of confidentially they should remain nameless. Interpersonal Communication is an interactive course, meaning you will be learning from each other’s personal experiences and examples. For this reason it is encouraged for you to be open to sharing with the class. Additionally, because some individuals will be sharing personal stories, I expect there to be a level of confidentiality among the members of the class and respect for their classmates' privacy.

Grading Criteria




Online Assignments




Vocabulary Exams





In-Class Activities :
This class relies upon two major things 1) your active participation in discussions and class exercises and 2) a close, meaningful analysis of your own communication tendencies with family, friends, co-workers and people you meet. If these things occur along with attention to assignments and class readings you will find tools to better understand your own communication skills, relate better with others and succeed in this course.

Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. Your participation in discussions and activities will directly affect your grade. Daily attendance will be recorded. Points will be deducted from your participation grade - regardless of the reason for the absence.

Late Work Policy:

I do not accept late work. Papers are due at the beginning of the class period. If you cannot make it to class, you need to get the paper turned in before class meets, by dropping it off in my office or emailing it to me before class. Quizzes cannot be made up.

In-class assignments

There will be several homework assignments given throughout the semester. If you are not in class the day we do the activity, you will be unable to make it up. This is part of the participation grade, and the only way you can participate is if you are present. If I assign something that is due the next class, you are responsible for contacting me or another student to get the assignment. I will accept it the day it is due only, and not after that.


Attendance (10%): Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory achievement. Your participation in discussions and activities will directly affect your grade. Daily attendance will be recorded. Points will be deducted from your participation grade for absences-- regardless of the reason for the absence.

Student must log on to class and Participation assignment by Census date: 03/28/2022

Last day to withdraw for course: 05/03/2022

The following criteria will determine the attendance grade:

No absence

1 absence



100 %


2 absences



3 absences



4 or more absences



Two tardiness (or early exits) will equal an absence.


Week Month Day Activity/Assignment Chapter  Reading
1 MARCH 24 Introduction/Syllabus/Lecture 1 Foundations of Interpersonal Communication
Online Chapter Assignment: 1 
Vocabulary Quiz: 1
Discussion 1
2 Culture and Interpersonal Communication
2 31 Lecturre/Classroom  3  Perception of Self and Others
Online Chapter Assignment:  2 & 3
Vocabulary Quiz: 2 & 3
Discussion 2 & 3
3 APRIL 7 Online Chapter Assignment:  4 Listeninig in Interpersonal Communication
Vocabulary Quiz:  4
Discussion 4
4 14 Lecturre/Classroom  5 Verbal Messages
Online Chapter Assignment: 5 & 6 6 Non-Verbal Messages
Vocabulary Quiz: 5 & 6
Discussion: 5 & 6
5 21 Lecturre/Classroom  7 Emotinal Messages
Online Chapter Assignment: 7 & 8 8 Conversational Messages
Vocabulary Quiz: 7 & 8
Discussion: 7 & 8
6 28 Lecturre/Classroom  9 Interpersonal Relationships
Online Chapter Assignment: 9 & 10 10 Interpersonal Types & Therories
Vocabulary Quiz: 9 & 10
Discussion: 9 & 10
7 MAY 5 Lecturre/Classroom  11 Interpersonal Conflict Management
Online Chapter Assignment: 11
Vocabulary Quiz: 11
Discussion: 11

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

12/03/21 3:12 PM

Last Edited on:

02/21/22 9:39 AM